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Three Wishes

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Barney Home Video
Three Wishes
Release Date January 27, 1989
Rereleased Yes
Available on DVD No
Written by Frank H. Olsen
Pat Reeder
Directed by John Grable
The Backyard Show
A Day at the Beach

Three Wishes is the second video in the Barney & the Backyard Gang series, originally released on January 27, 1989.


The Backyard Gang are bored on a Saturday with nothing to do. That is, until they use their imaginations to bring Barney to life. When they tell Barney their problem, he acts like a genie and gives them three wishes to go anywhere they would want to go in their imagination. Using their imaginations, they go to places like a fun park, the Moon in outer space, and even a fun-filled animal farm. But when Barney leaves, the kids learn from Mom that "friends are forever, whenever they're make-believe".

Educational Theme: Using Your Imagination and the Importance of Imaginary Friends



  1. Barney Theme Song
  2. Do Your Ears Hang Low? (Performed by: Mom and the Backyard Gang)
  3. I Love You (Performed by: The Backyard Gang and Barney)
  4. London Town (Performed by: Barney, Michael, Amy, Tina, Luci, and Adam)
  5. Teddy Bear (Performed by: The Backyard Gang)
  6. Mr. Knickerbocker (Performed by: Barney, Michael, Amy, Tina, Luci, and Adam)
  7. Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Performed by: Barney, Amy, Tina, and Adam)
  8. I See the Moon (Performed by: Tina)
  9. The Rocket Song (Performed by: Barney, Michael, Amy, Tina, Luci, and Adam)
  10. Moon Medley: (Pat-A-Cake, Jack Be NimbleRing Around the Rosie, & London Bridge) (Performed by: Barney, Michael, Amy, Tina, Luci, Adam, and Moonkin)
  11. The Rocket Song (Reprise) (Performed by: Barney, Michael, Amy, Tina, Luci, and Adam)
  12. Old MacDonald Had a Farm (Performed by: Barney and the Backyard Gang)
  13. Friends Are Forever (Performed by: Mom and the Backyard Gang)


Three Wishes End TitleCard

"The End" title card from Three Wishes (first release)

  • This is the very first time Sandy Duncan sings a full song by herself.
  • When Luci suggested something else to do where they don't have to jump, she was about to say London Bridge but changed it to Ring Around The Rosey.
  • During the fun park scene, the song, "The More We Get Together" was used as an underscore.
  • In the original release of this video, after Michael, Amy and their mom go inside the house and before the end credits started, "The End" is shown. This sequence was edited out on later releases. This title card could mean this is the final video in the original trilogy.
  • Although the video was released in 1989, the tape stickerlabel and the video has a 1988 copyright date, which tells that it was produced that year.
  • This is the very first home video to feature the regular version of The Lyons Group logo music, even though some copies have the version from The Backyard Show.
  • This is also the first home video to feature the Barney Fan Club ad.
  • Due to the blue screen effects, Barney sometimes appears to be violet-blue or almost grayish in color, while he is usually a blue-violet color.
  • This is the first time we didn't see Barney turning back into a doll.
  • Behind-the-scenes footage of the jump rope scene appeared in the Best of Barney special feature Barney's Favorite Memories.
  • This is the first episode in which the "Shimbaree, Shimbarah" magic words are being used.
  • Adam cleans his glasses when Michael and Amy's mom starts leaving.
  • This is another time where "Time Lapse" is used.
  • Black outlines are seen on Barney and the kids during the Fun Park scene, due to a Chroma Key background.
  • Along with The Backyard Show and A Day at the Beach, this video was supposed to be rereleased in 1996, but they never did.
  • Even though this and along with other Barney & the Backyard Gang videos never released on DVD, they were seen on the bonus feature Barney's Favorite Memories on The Best of Barney DVD.
  • A stop-motion shot of Barney spinning on the ground is used at the end of Mr. Knickerbocker.
  • When Michael says "That's not fun, that's work," the Barney doll can be seen in the background, laying on the ground. It is also seen when he says "It's a Saturday, There's nothing to do!".
  • After Jason says "That sounds great!" while disappearing, Barney's mouth moves as he speaks although his voice is not even heard.


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